The Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Program recognizes private sector organizations to test and certify certain types of equipment for use in the workplace. Recognition as an NRTL signifies that the organization has demonstrated that it has the capability to test and certify equipment, and has met the necessary qualifications specified in the regulations for the Program. An NRTL determines that specific equipment and products meet consensus-based standards of safety to provide the assurance, required by OSHA, that these products are safe for use in the U.S. workplace.
The program was created over 25 years ago, and OSHA is embarking on a multi-year plan to update and modernize the program, and position it for today's demands and future growth.
The references below provide background information for program improvement initiatives and are provided as a point of reference.
To address some long needed program changes, OSHA has begun the process of aligning its NRTL directive with international standards. Proposed updates include:
October 22, 2014:
March 15, 2013:
Details on future NRTL Stakeholder meetings will be announced in the Federal Register.
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